Seminar on copyright issues

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Community for Governance of Intellectual Property (CGIP) –  a new group of authors, publishers, and producers of artistic, literary, musical, and cinematic works who have come together to aggregate best practices and disseminate awareness and opportunities in the emerging global digital marketplace – recently organised a seminar on ‘online infringement issues and impact of copyright amendments’ in New Delhi.

On the occasion, speaking about ‘Online infringement issues faced by the author/publisher community, with focus on the Google Book Settlement’, Ashok Chakradhar, renowned author and vice chairman, Hindi Academy, Delhi emphasised that there should be transparency and accountability in relationship between authors and publishers to ensure fulfillment of their mutual interests. He termed this relationship as of ‘husband and wife’. “The wide applications of information technologies have posed major challenges for the author/publisher community, which needs to be met collectively,” stated Mr Chakradhar. Sharing his views, NK Verma, chairman, Diamond Group said that intellectual property rights should be respected for creating healthy climate for all stakeholders. Siddharth Arya, president, CGIP and managing partner, Survan attorneys-at-law who took turns as emcee of the seminar made a presentation on ‘copyright issues facing Indian creators – scope and objective of Copyright Societies’.

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